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Road Trip – Kanchanaburi (22 April 2019)

Sinsuvarn Airport Suite – Preparing Towards Kanchanaburi

We checked out early and waited for the 9:30 am shuttle bus towards the airport. We’re off to pick up our ride. First stop of the road trip, Kanchanaburi!

I wouldn’t say we had a good night’s sleep. It’s not very sound proof or rather not at all. I’m a light sleeper so I get woken up easily. So far, this is the only hotel that I’ve some dissatisfaction when it comes to soundproofing.

Dead mosquito on the wall

Apart from the sound, the room is full of mosquito. I can’t remember how many times I tried to kill these annoying buggers from sucking our blood. And to be honest, there’s a dead mosquito on the wall left by the previous tourist who came here to stay.

All in all, it’s not a very pleasant experience I would say.

Road Trip Towards Kanchanaburi

Honda City
Honda City, the car we rented

Collected our car from the chic rental at the airport and we’re ready to head off for our road trip. We decided to opt for self-drive instead of public transport for convenience. We didn’t want to drive in Bangkok itself, so after collecting the car and setting up the GPS, we head towards Kanchanaburi direction.

Toll ticket
Toll ticket

Along the way, we passed by 2 tolls, which cost us THB$50 each. We depart at around 11 am from Bangkok and reached about 4 pm at our destination. Didn’t prepare any songs of our choice and the radio have not much English channel for us. Even if it does, it’s only for a few hours.

Wampo Viaduct

Kanchanaburi Wampo Viaduct
Kanchanaburi, Wampo Viaduct

After we checked in at our accommodation, we head off to Wampo Viaduct which was about 15 minutes drive. Upon arrival, we were unsure where to park as there’s no proper parking lot. Thus we followed the car that was already parked there.

The place at Wampo Viaduct is like a little market but most stalls were already closed when we arrived. However, we continued walking towards the railway track where we saw many tourists standing there waiting for the train.

A few minutes after our arrival at the railway track, we heard the sound of the train coming from far. Thankful to be able to see the train stopping by before moving off. Not sure how many scheduled train there is per day, but I would say we’re lucky in that sense that we don’t have to wait long for this opportunity.

After the train passed by, we walked on the railway track for some video and photo taking before heading back to look for dinner.

Best Fried Rice

As we head back we realized there’s no place to settle our meal. We happened to saw one stall with the staff there and decided to try and ask if they’re still open. Thankfully, they are!

Kanchanaburi Pork Basil Rice

This stall is located right at the entrance from where we drove in from our accommodation. Ordered fried rice for myself while Fluffy Bunny ordered pork basil with rice. I’ve always love the fried rice in Thailand as they’re fragrant compared to the ones I had in Singapore.

Kanchanaburi Fried Rice

And yes, I love this fried rice that I’ve eaten. I would say hands down, this is the best fried rice I’ve ever eaten in Thailand. Not sure if we’ll ever be back though. But I’m so thankful that very day to be able to have such nice fried rice where everywhere else was closed.

Departure – Singapore to Bangkok (21 April 2019)

Departure

Getting ready for Bangkok
Getting Ready

We’ve been saying that we would make a trip to Bangkok some day years ago. Finally, with the right opportunity and valid reason, we booked our tickets a few months ago. And ever since, I’ve been counting down to our trip.

Although it’s a 4 pm (Singapore time) flight, I’ve been anxious and excited since morning. After settling our fur kids, I head over to Dear’s place where her mum offered to send us to the airport after she’s done with her errands. And that’s when I’ve been hoping that her mum will come back soon. Because when we’re at the airport, it’s official that the holiday starts.

Travel Hiccups

There’s always bound to be some hiccups for whatever reason. Our main hiccup was that we had forgotten about our Thailand sim card that we bought online. We’re supposed to collect it at the airport before checking.

We ended up boarding the plane without the sim card. Texted our friend to help us collect before he join us the following week. And we had to get another sim card when we arrive in Bangkok airport if not we have no way of communicating our family on WhatsApp during our trip. And of course, we rely on the data for GPS too as we’ll be having a road trip.

Sinsuvarn Airport Suite

Bangkok Sinsuvarn Airport Suite
Sinsuvarn Airport Suite

We took a shuttle from the airport to Sinsuvarn Airport Suite. It’s about 10 minutes ride from the airport and we’ll be staying here for a night. After checking in, we headed towards our room. You have to climb down a flight of stairs to have access to the lift. Then another flight of stairs down after we exit the lift to our room. I would say, this isn’t friendly for the elderly especially with luggage.

Bangkok Sinsuvarn Airport Suite Room
Sinsuvarn Airport Suite

After entering our room, we realized it’s two single bed instead of a queen that we booked. Called the reception desk to clarify to be told that for the night, they’re fully booked thus we got downgraded. As it’s only for a night, we decided it’s OK.

Dinner – Macdonald

Pork Burger

We decided to head out for dinner. With nothing in mind, we walked to the nearest shopping area to look for food. Ended up, we had Macdonald for dinner. Got me a pork burger while Fluffy Bunny ordered a cheeseburger.

It’s been years since I last had pork burger and I love it. Quite enjoying to visit Macdonald when I’m overseas as the menu are usually different. Being different, I get to order something different and give it a try.

Zoro

Bought myself a Zoro toy from One Piece. His swords twirl up your cables which I think is pretty useful and of course he’s my favorite character. We decided to put it in the car to twirl cables.

We walked back to our hotel after dinner to rest and that’s how we spend our first night in Bangkok.

Japan – Heading Home (22 Oct 2017)

Haneda Airport

heading home

This marks the end of our Japan trip as we headed to Haneda Airport early in the morning. As much as we didn’t want to leave, we were hoping that the typhoon will hit Tokyo earlier than expected. Yes, we’ve been following Japan news for a few days and they predicted typhoon will arrive on the 23rd Oct 2017. That explains the strong wind and rain the past few days. According to the news, many Japanese were already preparing ahead before the bad weather arrives. This is how efficient the Japanese are! I’m pretty much amazed at whatever they do.

Departure – Japan to Thailand

As we made our way to the departure gate at Haneda airport, I had the sad feeling. I didn’t want to leave and I really love Japan in so many ways. I am sure many of us felt the same way especially if it is your first trip.

It was my first trip and I’m not sure when I will be back again. If there is an opportunity, I would love to move to Japan and start a whole new life there. And I know it’s kind of impossible due to their strict immigration rules and laws. But that’s OK, maybe in future when we have the money, we will have a longer trip! Which I am definitely looking forward to.

The flight towards Thailand, Bangkok, where we will be stopping for a while for a transit gave us enough time to watch an in-flight movie. We decided to watch Wonder Woman. We did pause the movie during meal time and we ended up didn’t finish the movie before arriving in Thailand.

Transit at Bangkok

mango sticky rice

We had about an hour or two before our flight home. The way to transit wasn’t a rush as when we were heading towards our flight to Japan a few weeks before. Less crowd on the transit route and yes, we had time to do a little shopping at the gift shop. Best of all, we had time to sit down for a quick bite of my favourite Thailand dessert, Mango Sticky Rice. However, it was costly though compared to the one that I could get along the street of Thailand. Nevertheless, I was satisfied. The only regret, I didn’t get one for takeaway.

After boarding our flight that will take us home, we continued our movie for Wonder Woman at where we stopped at. I wouldn’t say I like the movie, neither did I hate it. It was just another superhero movie that I’m just watching. Despite all the good reviews about it, I find it as an OK movie.

Home Sweet Home

Fluffy Bunny’s mother came to fetch us that night. Being back in Singapore seem to be a rather mixed feeling for me that night. It’s good to be home, but the other part of me doesn’t want the trip to end. But of course, I know that we will be back again someday. Not so soon, but we will head back to Japan. Speaking of which, I am already looking forward to my next trip.